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Old July 11th, 2013   #11
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I guess I'm going to have to object slightly to the lumping of the 1300's not finishing. Crashing out on whatever your on can not be deemed a failure of model. Tom's fuel pump failure has been the only mechanical demise.

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Old July 11th, 2013   #12
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Speaking of Tom, here is an update from him:
I decided to roll the dice and not to wait for the Honda shop in Redding
to open to help me and started for home; luckily, I made it back with no
drama with the exception of the ride over Tejon Pass north of Grapevine,
CA. it just doesn't seem right when you can't pass the trucks during the
climb.

Now that I have had the time to look into what was causing my problem, I
have confirmed the fuel pump was going south. There was so little pressure
from the pump that I'm amazed and happy that it did not strand me
somewhere on the road. It's a good thing this type of fuel pump doesn't
work like the old ones that either work or don't but give you a little
warning when they are going to stop working. I haven't ruled out the fuel
pressure regulator as part of the problem as well so I'm going to replace
it too. I did everything I could to make sure the bike was ready for the
stress of the IBR (even replacing the water pump just in case) but who
would have thought the fuel pump would go bad so early in this ST's life,
it only had 73k miles on it. I know I'm to blame since I prefer to live on
the edge when riding and not refuel until the countdown mileage goes blank
so I never stop to refuel until I've run the tank down to a few 10ths of a
gallon. As I limped home, I made sure I stopped when down to half a tank
and would refuel early to make sure the pump was cool and lubricated, no
sense stressing it even further. You would think I would learn, I just
replaced the fuel pump on my 2005 at 180k miles so I thought there was
plenty of life left in the one on the rally bike. As Maura states, the
pump and fpr are easy fixes if you have one in your pocket and you can run
the level of fuel down into the lower tank.

It wasn't an easy decision to drop out of the rally, especially since I
was feeling great and having a great time and I was just getting into much
cooler conditions. I want to wish the remaining riders good luck and safe
travels to the finish. I also want to congratulate Tom Austin and Lisa,
this was a very well thought out rally and I wish I could be there at the
end to celebrate with my fellow competitors. I will just have to see you
guys down the road.

I want to once again thank everyone who called me to offer help and
advice; with this community, you're never alone and help is just a phone
call away.

Tom

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Old July 11th, 2013   #13
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Watching Spotwalla a lot today following the riders.

A lot of riders appear to be headed for the Wright Brother's National Memorial over on the east coast in North Carolina.

From there, it appears it would take about 7 - 8 hours to get back to the finish (barring traffic, etc.).

I imagine that they'll also be bagging bonii along the way too and stopping for sleep.

Some of the riders are quite a ways from the Wright Brother's bonus, though.

It's going to be close alright.
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